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Why do International Students choose UCOL?

1. Over 100 years of excellence in education

Established in 1902, UCOL is a high-performing New Zealand government funded Institute of Technology and a leading public tertiary education provider. In 2015, our international students achieved high pass rates with 86.5% course completions.

“In my opinion, if you want to study in New Zealand, UCOL is the best option to enhance your academic skills.” - Nikhil Rana (India), Graduate Diploma in Operations and Production Management


2. Easy access & located in central New Zealand

From city life to charming provincial towns, UCOL’s four campus locations across the North Island allow international students the chance to explore a variety of iconic Kiwi landscapes.

“It is the best polytechnic. In a beautiful city and in the heart of the city. All the facilities are available here.” – Harvinder Singh Rangi (India), Graduate Diploma in Project Management


3. Wide range of study options

With over 100 foundation courses, certificates, diplomas, degrees, and postgraduate qualifications available, UCOL’s programmes are designed to fit into your lifestyle.

“Lots of courses and well qualified staff” – Sumit Verma (India), Graduate Diploma in Operations and Production Management

4. Strong industry connections

Work placements, internships, competitions, and case studies thanks to our extensive industry connections are all part of the UCOL journey and provide our students the industry-needed skills and training needed to gain a career doing what they love.

Hear from 2017 Bachelor of Information and Communications Technology (Applied) graduate, Tiffany Nguyen from Vietnam:


5. Award-winning staff

UCOL’s staff are passionate and dedicated to helping students succeed so they can make a difference wherever they work in the world.

“Lecturers are really helpful and environment is peaceful” – Ashish Devkota (India), Graduate Diploma in Project Management


6. Putting students first

UCOL is the first tertiary provider in New Zealand to implement Te Atakura – a relationships-based teaching and learning approach that aims to improve student success and educational outcomes.

“My tutors helped me believe in myself and achieve my goals” – Sonja Bartolic (New Zealand), Cookery

7. All round student experience

The UCOL student experience goes far beyond the classrooms at UCOL. Our International Student Support Staff will help make your journey at UCOL unforgettable.

“I also made really good friends there who are now like family here in New Zealand” – Ankita Sigdel (Nepal), National Diploma in Science

8. A safe & cost effective place to live

New Zealand is one of the most peaceful nations on earth ranking 4th out of 162 countries in the 2015 Global Peace Index

Free buses for UCOL students in Palmerston North and affordable accommodation at all our campuses, make UCOL a cost effective place to study. To find out how the cost of living in New Zealand compares with your country, see New Zealand Now.

“Friendly Lecturers and environment” – Nithin Krishna (India), Graduate Diploma in Information and Communications Technology


9. High-tech facilities

Students are immersed in a practical learning environment, with innovative technology and a range of specialised equipment that often surpass industry standards, including the Regional Trades and Technology Centre.

“The same technology that is used at Weta [Workshop] is what I have been taught” - Ryan Serrano (Phillippines), Computer Graphic Design

10. Successful alumni across the globe

UCOL’s growing network of alumni fosters collaboration and exchange with UCOL graduates around the world.

“I’m really pleased to get a job so quickly” – Angel Liu (China), Cookery